This important book covers an area about which most people have very little knowledge but which is at the same time, of vital interest to all human beings. It outlines what happens to the human soul from the moment of death until the arrival of the Day of Judgement.It describes the death profess itself, the exact relationship of the soul to the body, the states of the soul after it leaves this world, and the nature of the ongoing relationship between the dead and those who are still alive. Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah was born into a scholarly and virtuous family in 691 AH/ 1292 A.D. At that time Damascus was a centre of literature and thought. Many schools were located there and he studied and graduated under the protection, direction and sponsorship of his father. He was particularly influenced by his Shaykh and teacher Ahmad b. Taymiyyah, and also by Ibn ash-Shirazi amongst others. Layla Mabrouk, an eminent, contemporary, Egyptian scholar has skillfully abridged a classic work by the well know scholar.
Akhirah / Hereafter / Death / Heaven
From the pen of the late, famous scholar Shaykh Muhammad Mitwalli al-Sha’rawi. The question of the end of the world is a topic which has captured the interest of all, including scientists and the pseudo-scientists who offer theoretical predictions about how the world will come to an end. Such theories change on a regular basis because they are not based on true knowledge, which is to be found only in Allah’s Revelation. In this book Shaykh Al-Sha’rawi points out the contrast between the changing perspective of the human being and immutable universe in which he lives and which provides the human being with evidence of his Creator. He also points out how the apparent stability of the universe can delude someone lacking belief in the Creator so that he fails to realise the true nature of existence, the transience of the human being and the necessity of awakening from the delusion of his own power before death forces him to wake up.
Allah (SWT) has placed in every human being the natural desire and inclination for gold, silver, money, transportation (cars), land, and other items of this world. The test for a person is how he responds to his desire for these items. If he uses these items to prepare for the hereafter, he will be successful. On the other hand, if he devotes himself to fulfilling his desire for these items and forgets about his purpose in this world, he will be amongst the losers in the hereafter.
Full Title – ‘The Good End (of One’s Life) – Its Means, Portents and the Warning of the Bad End’ A portion (of good) for a man in this world is his lifetime; if he makes good use of it in things that benefit him in the eternal abode (Paradise), then his trade will be of a great profit. But if he misuses it (his life) by committing sins and disobedience till he meets Allah in such a state, he is surely of those who are losers; how many of them in the graves?! He who is of a sound sense calls himself for account before Allah calls him to account (on the Day of Account), and fears his sins (and consequently get faraway from them) before they lead him to destruction (i.e. HellFire).
This book is the fourth in the series. It deals with many important matters that have always perplexed the human minds, but that, as is shown in this book, have been clearly explained in the authentic Texts from Allah’s Book and His Messenger’s Sunnah. Among the subjects covered are the following: The Moment of Death, The Soul’s Trip to the Heavens, The Final Test, The Righteous and the Sinful in al-Barzakh, Saviors from the Grave’s Punishment, Communications with al-Barzakh and Things That Benefit the Dead.
It is better for all of us to ponder deeply about out future and about our eternal life which is everlasting. We are expected to devote some time in this to ponder what will occur in the life to come.
The Day of Judgment is the day on which all creation will meet, fully and fairly, the reward for how they conducted themselves in this life. It is a day which is different from all other days. It will come, sooner or later. But some questions must be raised: Are we fully prepared and aware of this day? What are its signs and horrors? When will it come? What will it look like?
Sheikh Muhammad bin ‘Uthaymeen, may Allah have mercy on him, gave a sermon describing the signs and horrors of such a day.
May Allah I save us and make us steadfast on the right path till the Day of Judgment.
This is a concise book on the transient nature of this world; beautified for us by the things we covet; women, children, and wealth in general. These passing pleasures and temporary joys are made insignificant by Allah (swt) when He describes to us the extreme beauty of the Home of the Hereafter in the Qur’an.
So whoever is well-focused and is contented with his provision in this life will obtain this supreme reward.
This book is therefore a brief reminder and a source of strength for those who are true in faith, word, and deed.
Imam Ibn Rajab al Hanbali (736 – 795 AH) He was the noble Imaam, the Haafidh, the Critic, Zayn-ud-Deen ‘Abdur-Rahmaan bin Ahmad bin ‘Abdir-Rahmaan bin al-Hasan bin Muhammad bin Abil-Barakaat Mas’ood As-Salaamee Al-Baghdaadee (due to his place of birth), Al-Hanbalee (due to his madh-hab), Ad-Dimashqee (due to his place of residence and death). His kunyah was Abul-Faraj, and his nickname was Ibn Rajab, which was the nickname of his grandfather who was born in that month (of Rajab).
He was born in Baghdad in 736H and was raised by a knowledgeable family, firmly rooted in knowledge, nobility and righteousness. His father played the greatest role in directing him towards the beneficial knowledge.
Al-Haafidh Ibn Rajab, may Allaah have mercy on him, was deeply attached to the works of Shaikh-ul-Islaam Ibn Taimiyyah, for he would issue legal rulings according to them and would constantly reference his books. This is since he served as a student under Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah, the most outstanding student of Shaikh-ul-Islaam Ibn Taimiyyah, may Allah have mercy on all of them. But in spite of this, he (rahimahullaah) wasn’t a blind follower or a fanatical adherent (to his teacher). Rather, he would review, authenticate, verify and follow the evidences.
Al-Haafidh Ibn Rajab, may Allaah have mercy on him passed to the realm of the Akhira in Ramadaan, 795H. He died while in Damascus.
Questions abound about what happens after death. In Western societies, in particular, there is a great deal of speculation on these matters. Muslims, however, have answers to these questions. Islam tells us what we can expect when we have finally make our exit from this world ; we are also given ample guidance as to how we may best prepare ourselves and earn the rewards of Paradise in the Hereafter . In this book, Husayn al-æAwayishah outlines the Islamic teaching on death and the grave . It is an essential reading for any Muslim who wants to know more about this topic from the authentic sources of Islam.
This book is a compilation of some of the wise sayings of the prophet (s), of the companions (r), and of the pious predecessors. Reflecting on these wise sayings and heeding these counsels will assist in infusing us with the requisite awareness and fervor to prepare for the Day of Judgement. Verily, we are all in need of such counsel, for our Day of Judgment begins not when the world ends, but when our life comes to an end – which is indeed imminent – as the Prophet stated.
The author has divided the book in a rare and unique format. All the sayings are in fact practical advice of preparing for the Hereafter. It is full of wisdom and gems and an absolute must every Islamic household.
Every chapter commences with the Blessed Hadith of the Prophet (SAW), then the statement of the Khulafa e Rashiden, Sahabah, Tabien and other earlier well known Muslim Personalities (Salaf as Saleheen).